China: More than 300 rights lawyers detained in nationwide crackdown, including lawyers who handled cases on corporate abuses; at least 6 face formal charges

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3 August 2016

Zhou Shifeng: Chinese law firm founder jailed for subversion

Author: BBC

The founder of a Chinese law firm known for representing cases against the government has been sentenced to seven years in prison for subversion… His Fengrui law firm was involved in several high profile cases, including the 2008 tainted baby milk scandal…Around 300 lawyers and activists have been arrested since last year. About 20 are still detained. Two other activists - Hu Shigen and Zhai Yanmin - were convicted…under the same charge. Gou Hongguo is also expected to go on trial.

Amnesty International has accused the Chinese government of "relentless suppression of human rights lawyers and activists". "This wave of trials against lawyers and activists are a political charade. Their fate was sealed before they stepped into the courtroom," said Roseann Rife, East Asia Research Director at Amnesty International…

Prosecutors said he had worked "to encourage lawyers to highlight sensitive cases and hired protesters to disturb the judicial system". He also "played a major role in a group of activists who attempted to manipulate public opinion and damage national security by spreading subversive thoughts," state media quoted the verdict as saying…

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中国天津第二中级法院第二天审理北京锋锐律师事务所“颠覆国家政权”系列案件,锋锐主任律师周世锋在没有家属旁听之下出庭受审…当庭宣判周世锋有罪,判处有期徒刑七年,剥夺政治权利五年…官方新华社称,52岁的周世锋当庭表示服从判决,不上诉。

…国际特赦组织东亚研究主任阮柔安(Roseann Rife)评论说:“这一系列对律师与活动人士的审判是一场政治把戏。他们的命运在踏进法庭之前早就注定,他们毫无机会获得公平审判。” “中国政府似乎有意让人噤声,组织任何人就人权议题提出正当的问题,使用合法途径寻求雪冤。” …

周世锋…2007年创办锋锐律师事务所,翌年代表三鹿毒奶粉受害人控告河北三鹿集团等…

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中國天津第二中級法院第二天審理北京鋒銳律師事務所“顛覆國家政權”系列案件,鋒銳主任律師周世鋒在沒有家屬旁聽之下出庭受審…當庭宣判周世鋒有罪,判處有期徒刑七年,剝奪政治權利五年…官方新華社稱,52歲的周世鋒當庭表示服從判決,不上訴。

…國際特赦組織東亞研究主任阮柔安(Roseann Rife)評論說:“這一系列對律師與活動人士的審判是一場政治把戲。他們的命運在踏進法庭之前早就注定,他們毫無機會獲得公平審判。” “中國政府似乎有意讓人噤聲,組織任何人就人權議題提出正當的問題,使用合法途徑尋求雪冤。” …

周世鋒…2007年創辦鋒銳律師事務所,翌年代表三鹿毒奶粉受害人控告河北三鹿集團等…

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Author: 赫海威, 紐約時報中文網

…在中國打壓維權律師行動中被拘押的知名律師[王宇]獲釋。不過,她的同事表示,她的一段認罪視頻可能是在遭脅迫的情況下拍攝的….在…認罪視頻中,人權運動中的重要人物王宇對自己的職業進行了嚴厲的指責,指控同事追求名利,還表示外國活動人士在密謀抹黑中國政府…

…當局進一步展開對王宇多位同事的審判——包括作為政府打壓行動核心的一家律所的負責人周世鋒——指控他們顛覆國家政權…外國外交人士與活動人士嚴厲指責了北京指控周世鋒及其同事的決定,要求允許被羈押律師諮詢律師…

…[王宇]曾為倡導維族權利的伊力哈木·土赫提(Ilham Tohti)做辯護…她還曾替一群女權主義者辯護,她們去年因組織運動反對公共交通工具中的性騷擾行為而被拘押。王宇的支持者表示,儘管她已經獲得保釋,但他們擔心她會被警方監控與調查多年…

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Author: 赫海威, 纽约时报中文网

…在中国打压维权律师行动中被拘押的知名律师[王宇]获释。不过,她的同事表示,她的一段认罪视频可能是在遭胁迫的情况下拍摄的….在…认罪视频中,人权运动中的重要人物王宇对自己的职业进行了严厉的指责,指控同事追求名利,还表示外国活动人士在密谋抹黑中国政府…

…当局进一步展开对王宇多位同事的审判——包括作为政府打压行动核心的一家律所的负责人周世锋——指控他们颠覆国家政权…外国外交人士与活动人士严厉指责了北京指控周世锋及其同事的决定,要求允许被羁押律师咨询律师…

…[王宇]曾为倡导维族权利的伊力哈木·土赫提(Ilham Tohti)做辩护…她还曾替一群女权主义者辩护,她们去年因组织运动反对公共交通工具中的性骚扰行为而被拘押。王宇的支持者表示,尽管她已经获得保释,但他们担心她会被警方监控与调查多年…

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31 July 2016

China frees Wang Yu, human rights lawyer, after videotaped confession

Author: Javier C. Hernandez, New York Times

A prominent lawyer [Wang Yu] jailed as part of a crackdown on human rights lawyers in China has been released from detention, according to news reports on Monday, even as her colleagues suggested that a videotaped confession she had offered had probably been coerced…In a televised confession…Ms. Wang, a leading figure in the movement, delivered a scathing rebuke of her profession, accusing colleagues of pursuing wealth and fame and suggesting that foreign activists were conspiring to smear the Chinese government…

The authorities moved forward…with trials for several of Ms. Wang’s colleagues, including Zhou Shifeng, the director of a law firm at the center of the government’s campaign, accusing them of subverting state power…Foreign diplomats and activists harshly criticized Beijing’s decision to prosecute Mr. Zhou and his colleagues and demanded that the detained lawyers be allowed to consult with lawyers.

Ms. Wang…represented Ilham Tohti, an advocate for China’s Uighur ethnic minority…She also helped defend a group of feminists who were detained last year for organizing a campaign against sexual harassment on public transit…Ms. Wang’s supporters said they feared that she would be under police supervision and investigation for years, even though she had been released on bail…

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31 July 2016

“Joint Statement from 709 Victims’ Families: Release Our Family Members, Refuse Attempts to Divide Us, Monitor the Trials, and Acquit the Detained Activists”

Author: Eight family members of Lawyers Detained in the “709” Crackdown

...In this statements, eight family members of lawyers detained in the “709” crackdown express strong concern about Wang Yu being threatened and pressured into doing a video “interview” in which she criticized her former colleague, Zhou Shifeng, as not being a “proper” lawyer. The statement also provides an account of four individuals, including Liu Ermin, wife of Zhai Yanmin, and Fan Lili, wife of Gou Hongguo, who were interrogated and harassed by the police when they went to the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court to inquire about the trial of Zhou Shifeng, Hu Shigen, Zhai Yanmin, and Gou Hongguo, which they had heard about but had never received official notification.

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11 July 2016

12 months after crackdown, Chinese rights lawyers call for release of detained colleagues

Author: Mimi Lau, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

…Rights lawyers on the Chinese mainland vowed to remain united amid what they say is an escalating threat to their safety as they marked the first anniversary of a sweeping crackdown that targeted hundreds in their profession…The far-reaching and intense crackdown had been highly organised, said a joint statement titled “Anniversary of a shattered legal dream” and released by China Human Rights Lawyers Group…

Critics say the sweeping crackdown was aimed at silencing advocates and activists and stifling the burgeoning rights defence movement since 2013.They say it shows the authorities’ fear of the fast-growing civil society and their wariness of the crucial role played by an expanding community of rights lawyers in the grass-roots “rights defence” movement.

As of early this month, 24 had been formally charged, including for subversion of state power, inciting subversion and provoking social disturbance. Another 17, including legal assistant Zhao Wei, had been released on bail and 264 others freed after being harassed and temporarily detented, according to the group…The cost of defending human rights ... will be much higher from now on...

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Author: 狄雨霏, 纽约时报

…去年的7月9日,中国对人权律师和活动人士进行了大规模抓捕,引起全世界的批评…这场行动在处境艰难的中国法律权利社区制造了恐怖和愤懑的气氛。警方在一年前开始拘捕约250名律师、法律活动人士和人权活动人士。

其中多数人受到审讯后已经获释,但据国际特赦组织(Amnesty International)称,有17人已被公安局正式批捕,其中许多面临颠覆国家政权或煽动颠覆国家政权等重罪指控。中国当局去年称,人权律师正在通过诉讼制造“社会动荡”…中国人权律师团(China Human Rights Lawyers Group)…称有23人仍在押,其中一些无法与外界联系。

中国和海外法律组织以及联合国人权事务高级专员公署(Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)对拘捕行动进行了严厉指责…周六,世界各地的律师协会、律师和法学教授发表了一封致中国国家主席习近平的公开信,抗议对律师的打压,并呼吁释放他们…总部位于伦敦的国际律师协会人权研究所 (International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute)在一封公开信中说,由于政府“对维权行动进行的空前打压”,在中国担任律师成为一项“非常危险的职业”。另一封由14家律师协会、专 业团体和律师个人联署的公开信称,称拘捕律师的依据是“缺失、不足或专断的” …

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Author: 狄雨霏, 紐約時報

…去年的7月9日,中國對人權律師和活動人士進行了大規模抓捕,引起全世界的批評…這場行動在處境艱難的中國法律權利社區製造了恐怖和憤懣的氣氛。警方在一年前開始拘捕約250名律師、法律活動人士和人權活動人士。

其中多數人受到審訊後已經獲釋,但據國際特赦組織(Amnesty International)稱,有17人已被公安局正式批捕,其中許多面臨顛覆國家政權或煽動顛覆國家政權等重罪指控。中國當局去年稱,人權律師正在通過訴訟製造“社會動盪” …中國人權律師團(China Human Rights Lawyers Group)…稱有23人仍在押,其中一些無法與外界聯繫。

中國和海外法律組織以及聯合國人權事務高級專員公署(Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)對拘捕行動進行了嚴厲指責…週六,世界各地的律師協會、律師和法學教授發表了一封致中國國家主席習近平的公開信,抗議對律師的打壓,並呼籲釋放他們…總部位於倫敦的國際律師協會人權研究所(International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute)在一封公開信中說,由於政府“對維權行動進行的空前打壓”,在中國擔任律師成為一項“非常危險的職業”。另一封由14家律師協會、專業團體和律師個人聯署的公開信稱,稱拘捕律師的依據是“ 缺失、不足或專斷的 ” …

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